For more information or support, please contact Neil Kramm (firstname.lastname@example.org).
For case studies on how Stellenbosch University lecturers are addressing specific pedagogical challenges through the integration of learning technologies, please have a look at the Centre for Learning Technologies' web page.
Download the SUNLearn user guide here
SUNLearn queries : Email: email@example.com Tel: 021 808 2222
Communication and Engagement Tools
The SUNLearn forum activity enables you to either send course announcements to your students, which they receive via email, or for you to have discussions with them over an extended period of time.
There are several forum types to choose from, such as a standard forum where students can post course questions and reply to one another, a forum where each student can post exactly one discussion (e.g. for a class exercise where they are required to comment on a reading), or a question and answer forum where students must first post before being able to view other students' posts.
TIP: You can set up your forum so that it only sends message alerts to a specific group of students, which is ideal for elective or tutorial groups. Forums can also be used for a graded activity. To learn more, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Conveying Course Content: Techniques and Tools
You can use create a video resource for your students, by:
- Recording your live lecture: The podcasting software for recording live events, TechSmith Relay, is readily available to all SU lecturers and installed in lecture venues. If you would like to explore podcasts as a teaching tool, please contact your Blended Learning Coordinator to help you with your first recording.
- Recording a PowerPoint presentation, course discussion or lecture from your home or office: If you would like to create a podcast (e.g. a recording of your lecture slide or images coupled with your voice narration), you can simply use your laptop or home computer. To decide which free, user-friendly software you should download to do this, and to guide you through your first recording, please contact email@example.com.
Online tutorials / lessons
What is the Lesson Tool and why would I use it?
How to create an online tutorial by using the Moodle (i.e. SUNLearn) Lesson Tool: Video (created by Cairn University)
Tools for assessment and giving feedback
How are your colleagues using Turnitin? In this short video created for the FASS Tutor Training online course, course coordinator Neill Kramm makes some interesting suggestions:
Blended techniques to help your students to become critical (and diligent) readers
7 Critical reading strategies and activities to do with students to encourage and develop critical reading ability
This guide, developed by Salisbury University academics, can be found online .
Why don't my students read? Practical suggestions and reading exercises
" In this post, I share some of the strategies I've developed [over the years] to encourage students to both complete and engage with assigned readings"
- Jenks, Angela. "Why Don't Students Read?." Teaching Tools, Cultural Anthropology website, August 19, 2016
Read the post (which includes download links to exercises here)
The Reading Resilience Toolkit
This toolkit (the result of research undertaken across five Australian universities) offers a suite of teaching resources and strategies developed by tertiary educators and evaluated in classes to enhance students' skills in reading resilience.
Ideas for increasing reading Compliance
Why University Students Don't Read: What Professors Can Do To Increase Compliance
This article reports findings from two studies assessing reading compliance among first semester first-year students at a liberal arts university:
11 Strategies for Getting Students to Read What's Assigned
Featuring 11 short and practical articles from The Teaching Professor, this special report was created to give lecturers
new ways of attacking an age-old problem. You can explore a few very useful strategies described in this report, which includes examples of reading exercises.